What is the question?

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Posted in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Short Story, Uncategorized

Love your language

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Posted in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Kurt Fawver, Short Story, Uncategorized

Sketching the Most Important Story

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Posted in Daily Science Fiction, Jay Lake, Ruth Nestvold

Stepping through the Fun House Mirror

Most genre fiction exists in an alternate world. Genre world-building can be largely metaphorical and extrapolative, or simply fanciful. Alternate reality is a tricky genre that borrows from our history just enough to establish the world, and then tweaks it.

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Posted in Alix E Harrow, Tor.com

Flash Fiction is a Joke

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Posted in James Sallis, Uncategorized

There is nothing so obvious that it cannot be missed

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Posted in Lightspeed Magazine, Rich Larson, Short Story

And Now a Word from Our Narrator

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Posted in Apex Magazine, KT Bryski, Short Story

Every Character a Protagonist

Standard disclaimer: This post looks at the text of a short story for educational purposes, and does not shy away from spoilers. If you don’t want the story spoiled. read the original story first. The Language of Flowers Ian Creasey

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Posted in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Ian Creasey, Short Story

Hiding information in narrative

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Posted in Asimov's Science Fiction, Sandra McDonald

[Analysis] Looking at “said-isms”

I don’t know of a single writer who has made it who hasn’t heard the rule about “said-isms”, those verbs writers use to avoid “said.” During the last Orycon, one panelist (whose attribution escapes me) said “‘said’ is punctuation” and

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Posted in Isabel Yap, Tor.com, Word Crunching
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